Walking Tall

You voted, and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Cpl. Reece Lodder. Lodder shot this photo on an early morning security patrol with Marines from 4th Platoon, Kilo Company, 3/3, and Afghan National Police. Lodder had taken some typical patrol photos that day, but saw this scene unfold and loved the contrast between the size of the Marine and kids, and contrast in clothing. "I think the photo I made resonates with fans because it's a candid glimpse into the world that Marines like Kartchner see so often, but one that so few people can relate to except through photos and experiences shared by service members they know," Lodder said. "The moment is so regular to those who see it everyday, but it's a window into a vastly different world for those who haven't had the opportunity to experience it."


Afghan children walk alongside Lance Cpl. Jacob Kartchner, a team leader with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 28-year-old native of Long Beach, Calif., in the hopes of receiving candy from Kartchner as he patrols with fellow Marines and Afghan National Police outside the Hazar Joft Bazaar here, April 8, 2012. On the patrol, the Kilo Co. Marines partnered with members of the ANP to maintain security in and around the bazaar, one of the busiest commercial centers in Helmand province's Garmsir district. Their partnership is a vital part of preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to assume lead security responsibility in Garmsir.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder)

  • mydeafplace 3y

    tkpfinny Yours is my favorite comment ...excellent perspective.
  • marco petrolino 3y

    if I had the chance to caption this photo, I would use the following; "Soldiers, leading first with heart and soul."
  • byronjheapes@hotmail.com 3y

    radar4747 Oohrah!
  • njt3202@ymail.com 3y

    Sorry but Marines are Marines not soldiers.
  • topb9999 3y

    finally get them in step and one stops
  • reggie225 3y

    The innocence of youth can humble even the greatest warrior .
  • annacolleenlasalle 3y

    what differentiate a soldier from a Marine? Not arguing, just wondering.. good night!
  • 3/10 3y

    To walk my post in military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing. And always having a pocket full of candy cause Lord knows these kids are scared sometimes too.
  • Dorothy's Photo's 3y

    My caption would read, "I'd like to extend my hand to thank you for keeping the bad men away and in that I will have a better future than my mother."
  • ccl9 3y

    A Soldier is Army and Marines are Marines and Airman are Air Force..
  • ♫ Lion ♫ 3y

  • AutoAndroid 3y

    Отличное фото!
  • brycobleu 3y

    cool photo
  • Bullitt-Duff 3y

    The telling difference between us and our enemies...
  • hill65arizona 3y

    Semper Fi ..... Marines always on a mission
  • zacharymarine 3y

    Marines (as well as all military members) are exceptional in all that they do everyday to help our wonderful, powerful country! They exemplify what our country is all about! God Bless them.
  • -001abandon 3y

    World doesn't see true Hearts of our USA holy Troops.
  • 19motown60 3y

    Many can / have become soldiers, and there is nothing wrong with that; however, very FEW have / live the core values that are embodied in those who are PROUD to have earned the right to be called one of the MARINES.

    Semper Fi
  • reallysux 3y

    left foot, right foot, then you say - oorah! - Smile when you do that. Left foot, right foot...
  • BeautifulMaria 2y

    The comments on here are great! First, the photography is excellent--great composition, good light, tack sharp focus on the subject and nice, smooth bokeh in the background. I too love the contrast between the size of the Marine and the size of the children. I like that the children do look like they've fallen into line with the marching cadence of the Marine. . .except for that one in the back! Very nice work!
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